CO-leader San Miguel Beer¬men eye a twice-to-beat advantage when they face the Blackwater Elite today in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup elimination round at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen, with a 7-2 slate and a playoff berth secured under their belt are expected to have an easy sailing over the Elites in their 4:15 p.m. encounter. The Elites will field Marcus Cousin as import in the absence of naturalized Filipino player Marcus
Douthit is playing with the Philippine national team in the ongoing 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
In the other game, defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots will battle Talk ‘N Text at 7 p.m.
Coach Leo Austria’s Beermen notched their seventh straight win by beating Talk ‘N Text, 101-96, to equal the longest winning streak in the season. They have been undefeated for a month with their last loss on May 9 against Meralco.
“Our goal is really to get into the top four. This game is really important for us to avoid any complication to get into the top four and I think we are in the best position to get it,” said Austria.
Austria will again lean on 6’4 import Arizona Reid, who averaged 27.11 points, 10.33 rebounds and four assists a game. He scored 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in their game against the Tropang Texters on June 9.
Alex Cabagnot with Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo are expected to provide the support to Reid.